The letter Meem has two aspects. One is the spiritual side and the other is physical or material side. The physical side of a person is veiled from the spiritual side by 40 veils. Forty is also the numerical value of Meem. In order to lift these veils, a person must seclude and meditate in the remembrance of Allah for 40 days. One by one the veils get lifted if Allah Wills. At the end of the 40 days spiritual and physical connection is made. The outward performance of prayer also has an inner meaning. The outward sound of a prayer also has an inner meaning. In this article some of the words / verses of the Quran will be discussed which are connected with the letter Meem. Let us start with the first Revelation received by Muhammad from Allah through Jibraeel ().
Looking at the Arabic letters of the first revelation. The message starts with Arabic letter Alif () and ends with the Arabic letter Meem () which again hints creation started by Allah and finishing with the creation of the Light of Muhammad . (see Meem Part 1). Then Allah created the first Prophet Adam () () whose name starts with the letter Alif and ends with the letter Meem. He sent the Prophet Isa () as the completion of the circle of Messengers who were sent to their own communities and sealed that circle with the arrival of Muhammad as the Messenger of Allah to all the communities.
After the Opening Chapter (one) Al Fatihah of the Quran in which the seeker asks Allah for guidance, the next Chapter (two), Al Baqara starts with the Arabic letters Alif Laam Meem. Even the greatest verse in the Quran which is Ayat ul Kursi, starts with Alif and ends with Meem
Then the third Chapter Al Imran also starts with Alif Laam Meem. But this time there is an accent (zabar or fatha) on the letter Meem to highlight or emphasise the letter Meem. Why?
To ask Allah for a favour, Allah teaches us how to approach Him. The first example is:
What does Allahumma mean? Most people translate it as O Allah. If Allahumma means O Allah, then what does Ya Allah mean? Again the translation will be O Allah. If both Allahumma and Ya Allah both translate to O Allah, then why do we need two different forms in Arabic to say the same thing? If we look at the Arabic script, Allahumma is written . Allahumma is the Name Allah appended with the letter Meem. Allahumma starts with Alif and ends with Meem.
When we tag a Meem after the Name Allah, and ask by saying Allahumma, we recognise Allah as our Creator and we also recognise Muhammad as the Messenger of Allah. When we ask Allah by saying Allahumma what we are really saying is Allah, we love You and follow your Messenger Muhammad .
Now let us look for the first Kalima in the Quran. The first Kalima (to testify) There is no god only Allah, Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah is revealed in the Quran in two halves. The first half is revealed in only two places in the entire Quran which is There is no god only Allah. The first mention is Chapter 37:
The second mention is in Chapter 47:
The completion of the Kalima only occurs once in the entire Quran in Chapter 48:
Allah placed His half of the Kalima in the Chapter that is named after His Beloved (Muhammad which starts with the letter Meem) and placed His Beloved's half of the Kalima in the Chapter of Fath (Victory).
Notice the wording in Chapter 48...those who are with him (Muhammad ) are strong against Unbelievers (but) compassionate amongst each other. No wonder Muslims today are weak against unbelievers and have no compassion amongst each other, because they are not with Muhammad , they believe he is dead. These Muslims cannot think beyond their own physical bodies. He IS with us spiritually. The human body is the biggest veil. Without the soul or the spirit, the body is useless. And the soul is the Breath of Allah. Victory is for those who believe in Allah, and are with His Messenger Muhammad .
Since Allah loves the Prophet Muhammad what is required of a true Muslim? A true Muslim must love the Prophet Muhammad more than any other person, more than even his or her parents. When a person loves the Prophet Muhammad more than any other person (parents, brothers, sisters, wife, husband, friends) then Allah loves that person just because he or she loves His Beloved.
Allah will forgive a person's sins just for the sake of that love.
Another example of 40 or Meem is: Allah sent Nuh (Noah ()) to warn his community to repent before the punishment of Allah falls on them. They rejected his warning. Allah then sent the rain and flood which lasted 40 days. With the rain and flood, the world was purged of disbelievers, and there was a new beginning for the world, morally and spiritually. The analogy of this is the Message revealed to Muhammad :
In the first case the rain is a blessing for the people. It fertilises fields, causes crops to grow. But it can be a catastrophe if it causes floods. The believers were saved and the disbelievers perished. The flood was a blessing in the sense all the disbelievers and oppressors were killed while all the believers were saved. Yet they lived through the same rain. In the second case with the arrival of Muhammad and the revelation of Quran Majeed, Truth arrived and falsehood perished. Quran Majeed is a blessing for the believers and it causes loss to the unjust. Yet the verses of the Quran remain the same, they do not change. The analogy is hinted at by verse 17 of the same chapter:
Meem itself when opened up and written in Arabic as pronounced consists of which is Meem Ya Meem. Adding the numerical values of these letters (where Meem = 40 and Ya = 10), 40 + 10 + 40 = 90. The 0 in 90 represents the clot. The clot was mentioned right at the start in the first revelation Al Alaq Chapter 96 and the chapter is also named The Clot. The clot, forms into a human being over 9 months. This equates roughly to 40 weeks for most normal pregnancies. This was the theme of the first revelation stated at the beginning of this article.
On the Throne the Name of Allah that is inscribed is Ar Rahman. The word ar Rahm (the womb) is created from the attribute Ar Rahman. The Messenger of Allah said: 'Allah Says: "That is ar Rahm (the womb) and I am Rahman. Whoever conceives lawfully, has pleased Me and whoever conceives unlawfully, has offended Me."'
Muhammad further added, that the angels protect the seed of man for 40 days. Because until the age of 40 years the person is to gain experience. This brings this article back full circle to where Meem Part 1 started. There is no end to the Knowledge of Allah through the Prophet Muhammad . Only Allah Knows Best. May Allah open up our eyes and minds (Ameen).